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Rankings: Practice Groups of the Year

Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year highlights up to five practice groups that notched the biggest litigation victories or deals of the year. Winners are recognized for the size, complexity and significance of the deals or litigation they worked on.
  • January 12, 2012

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Bolstered by a series of high-profile additions, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's real estate group advised Anglo Irish Bank Corp. on the blockbuster sale of its $9.5 billion U.S. real estate portfolio and repeatedly closed complex equity deals in a handful of days, earning it a place among Law360's Real Estate Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Kasowitz

    Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP attorneys persuaded the Second Circuit that MBIA Inc.'s directors and officers policies covered costs stemming from special litigation committees and government probes into alleged accounting fraud — clearing up a murky area of insurance law and earning the firm a spot among Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day earned a spot on Law360’s list of Product Liability Groups of 2011 by going big: It successfully defended big companies like Yamaha Motor Corp., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and The Sherwin-Williams Co. in product liability cases that were part of big, multidistrict litigation.

  • January 11, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Greenberg Traurig LLP’s decision to test the waters on a recently issued U.S. Supreme Court ruling over the summer helped the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation practice win a swift dismissal of a product liability suit against Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s restructuring group recently sealed a landmark environmental settlement in the reorganization of Tronox Inc. and solidified its strong reputation in real estate bankruptcies by shepherding the sale of Innkeepers USA Trust and adjusting to difficult circumstances on the fly, earning it a place among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Greenberg Traurig LLP started 2011 with the year's biggest single-asset real estate deal – the sale of a 2.9 million-square-foot New York building to Google Inc. — and closed it with a flurry of activity that promises to reshape skylines from Manhattan to Mexico, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Real Estate Practice Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles

    Attorneys from Munger Tolles & Olson LLP helped entertainment industry players through many of their highest stakes matters in 2011 — from enforcing copyrights for major record companies and movie studios to guiding Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. through its headline-grabbing dispute with Charlie Sheen — earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Media & Entertainment Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP's insurance practice group helped Tyson Foods Inc. score coverage for $30 million in defense costs tied to environmental litigation and struck favorable settlement deals for investor clients and Duke University, making it one of Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Competition Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's litigators convinced a jury to nix antitrust conspiracy claims against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and scored major appellate wins for eBay Inc. and Asiana Airlines Inc. in 2011, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Competition Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Dewey & LeBoeuf

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP attorneys guided Los Angeles Dodgers LLC through its July Chapter 11 filing, helped insurer Ambac Financial Group Inc. through its restructuring and were tapped to represent unsecured creditors in the massive MF Global Holdings Ltd. bankruptcy, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Attorneys at Jenner & Block LLP were involved in some of the biggest cases that promised to revolutionize the media and entertainment industry this past year — including the U.S. Supreme Court case that held violence in video games was protected by the First Amendment — securing the firm a spot on Law360’s Media & Entertainment Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Competition Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    This past year, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorneys persuaded the plaintiff-friendly Ninth Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a class action alleging Comcast Corp. and others violated antitrust laws by refusing to sell channels individually, one of many achievements that earned the firm’s antitrust group a spot among Law360’s Competition Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Bowman & Brooke

    The roster of companies Bowman and Brooke LLP successfully defended from product liability and catastrophic injury suits in the past year — Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Yamaha Motor Corp., to name a few — could practically double as a who's who of the automotive industry, a feat that earned the firm a spot on Law360's Product Liability Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Dickstein Shapiro

    When the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus needed to come up with insurance money to pay victims of sexual abuse, or when San Diego Gas & Electric had to tap more than $1 billion in policies to settle wildfire damage claims, they knew to turn to Dickstein Shapiro LLP, whose dominance of the policyholder bar makes it one of Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Real Estate Practice Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s resume is writ in the New York City skyline and the team punctuated 2011 by placing the anchor tenant for the new World Trade Center tower while finessing a score of other front-page transactions, making it one of Law360’s real estate practices of the year.

  • January 9, 2012

    Privacy & CP Group Of The Year: Wilson Sonsini

    When Google Inc. found itself on the receiving end of two major multidistrict litigations challenging its Street View photography program and Android mobile operating software, it turned to the ground-breaking practice of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC for the deep bench and tech-sector expertise that make the firm one of Law360's Privacy and Consumer Protection Groups of 2011.

  • January 9, 2012

    Employment Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    This past year, Sidley Austin LLP attorneys successfully defended a California hospital in a case with nationwide implications for regular rate overtime calculations, one of many achievements that earned the firm's employment group a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of 2011.

  • January 9, 2012

    M&A Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    With its full-service approach to deals, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's mergers and acquisitions team attracted serious business in 2011, including representing Sanofi-Aventis SA in its $20.1 billion Genzyme Corp. takeover and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP in a $37.8 billion buy, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of M&A Groups of 2011.

  • January 9, 2012

    Securities Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s securities litigation practice group achieved a series of coups in the securities field in 2011, including persuading the Second Circuit to dismiss all claims in shareholder derivative litigation against American International Group Inc., a win that helped land the team a spot among Law360’s Securities Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2012

    IP Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale attorneys not only convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that inventors were entitled to first claim patent rights this past year, but also helped i4i LP secure a patent ruling against Microsoft Corp. in the high court just three days later, earning it a place among Law360’s IP Groups of 2011.

  • January 9, 2012

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    In 2011's landmark climate change victory for power companies, Sidley Austin LLP convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that the Clean Air Act trumped federal common law claims and spared its client American Electric Power Co. Inc. from a nuisance suit over greenhouse gases, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Environmental Groups of 2011.

  • January 6, 2012

    M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Advising Express Scripts Inc. in its proposed $29.1 billion acquisition of rival Medco Health Solutions Inc. is just one example of the high-profile mergers and acquisitions work that has earned Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a spot on Law360's list of M&A Groups of 2011.

  • January 6, 2012

    Privacy & CP Group Of The Year: Reed Smith

    Reed Smith LLP finessed plaintiffs in multimillion-dollar Web tracking class actions into refining their claims, then flexed its technical expertise to free E-Trade Financial Corp. and two other clients from the suits, showcasing the strength that put the firm on Law360's list of Privacy and Consumer Protections Groups of 2011.

  • January 6, 2012

    IP Group Of The Year: O'Melveny

    Facing an appeal from Psystar Corp. over copyright misuse of the Mac OS X operating system, Apple Inc. turned to O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s seasoned intellectual property team, which in September got the Ninth Circuit to uphold an injunction against Psystar in the high stakes case, securing it a place among Law360’s IP Groups of 2011.

  • January 6, 2012

    Employment Group Of The Year: Seyfarth Shaw

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP filed two amicus briefs that helped shape the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, and then used the Dukes ruling to successfully fight collective action and class certification in cases against Farmers Insurance Exchange and Costco Wholesale Corp., landing the firm's labor and employment team a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of 2011.